Me & My Stitches

Me & My Stitches
Click on the picture to go to my website. These are 1 1/4" pendants.

Thursday, June 21, 2012


We are pleased to introduce….


A brand new, fun program featuring tiny, paper pieced charms.

(This is a sample only – actual charms in the program will vary)

The Program: This is a 12 month program; charms will be received bi-monthly.  To start the program, you will purchase the bracelet and the first charm.  Every other month you will receive a new charm to add to your bracelet. 

The Details:  These cute little charms are just ¾” in size.  Bracelet length is the standard 7 ¼” - we can make it longer, upon request, for a minimal additional charge.

The Rules:  The program will start on October 1st, 2012.  Charms will be mailed out the first week of October and bi-monthly after that.  Again, this is a 12 month commitment – please sign up only if you intend to stay in for the entire program.

The Price:  The cost of the bracelet is $10.00 and the charms are only $14.50 each !  For every new charm I will send an electronic invoice payable via credit card or PayPal. 

Added Fun:  As a fun little bonus, you will also receive a matching 6” paper piecing pattern with each new charm so you can make a small quilt that matches your bracelet.

Sign Me Up!: Don’t delay - there are limited spaces available, so sign up NOW to ensure you are included in this fun new program.  This program will be offered on my website for a limited time only – to sign up go to: and purchase “Charming”.  You will be charged for the bracelet and your first charm. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Quilts and gardens

I thought I would show you a few pictures of our garden - my husband is in charge of that.  His mom always had a huge garden, and she's always been proud of how much he helped her with it.  He enjoys it, but usually plants WAAAAAYYYYY more than what I want.  A few years ago I told him that I wanted 2 or 3 tomato plants...he planted TWENTY FOUR!  Are you kidding me?  I just don't want to deal with that!  He wants to can and freeze, etc. and I just want to enjoy the harvest as it comes! Hopefully this year there has been a little better meeting of the minds.  He planted 9 tomato plants (much better than 24!).  I asked for one row of green beans, and got two.  There are a few peas, cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon, sweet corn, and a lot of green peppers. He also planted a row of sunflowers for me because I love them!  They remind me of our visits to his family farm in North Dakota.  I am so amazed at the beauty of the sunflower fields in bloom. So now it just needs to grow, I am ready for fresh green beans.  We had almost 2 inches of much-needed rain this weekend and you sure could tell that the garden liked it - everything has grown a lot just in the last few days.  

After the rain our yard looks a lot better too...much greener than when the pictures were taken.

And on the quilting are the latest Non Farmer's Wife blocks (more due out tomorrow!)
 I really like this one...

I had a very weak moment awhile back and signed up for the Summer Block of the Week program with Primitive Gatherings.  Lisa had posted the first block, and of course, I loved it, so I signed up.  When I was talking to her at Market, I told her that I shouldn't have signed up - I have no time and already too many projects.  She said, well let me help you feel better...and she showed me more of the blocks - she was working on them as time permitted while they were there.  They were awesome - so I really don't regret it, but I just know that I won't be able to keep up.  I did get the first 2 blocks prepped and ready to stitch and I've now got part of the first one hand stitched.

Aren't they awesome?  I do love everything about them - Lisa is just so talented and has an amazing eye for color.  The background is black flannel and of course the applique is wool.  

That is what is going on here.  Hope everyone is having a great summer.  Now I better get back to my jewelry orders.

Have a great day!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Some more Non Farmer's Wife blocks

Do you remember these blocks?  They are the two NFW that ended up way too small!  It was driving me crazy, knowing that they were finished, but not finished.  I was determined to make them work some how, and this is what I ended up with.  I just framed this one...

And this one I made lots more HSTs to get it up to size.

I feel much better now that they are finished.  Then,  since I was on a roll, I pieced the rest of my NFW blocks and was all caught up for one whole day!

I like this black print, but the light design was way too white, so I got out my trusty Instant Antique from Primitive Gatherings and darkened it right up...much better!

And here is why I have trouble getting things done...

It's hard to get things done when you have a big, fat fluffy laying right in the middle of everything!  You get an idea of how big he cutting mat is 36" long, and he is NOT stretched out!

Today I am going to try to piece the two NFW that Randy released this week.  I think there will be a few more next week, so I better get busy!

Have a great day!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

More fun in Kansas City!

Aside from all of the fun we were having at quilt market, Kim and her hubby had also made some other plans for us.  On Friday night, after that great food at Oklahoma Joe's that I posted about last time, we went to...wait for it...A DAUGHTRY CONCERT!!!  I love Daughtry!!  The concert was at the Midland Theater - which is just beautiful!  I will post a few pictures here, but you can see more on their website.  It was fun just to take in our surroundings.

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Can you believe how beautiful it is?  Wow! I could have done without the warm up band, but Daughtry was really good.  I have liked him since he was on American Idol and I've had his first CD since it came out.  I now have all 3.  I can get a lot more jewelry done if I'm jammin' to Daughtry!  As you can tell, it was an amazing day!

On Saturday we were very tired!  I'm not used to going to concerts and staying out late, you know!  We walked the rest of the market floor and visited a few friends again, then we went to the quilt show (those pictures are in a previous post).

Sunday morning we decided to go to breakfast at The Big Biscuit.  It was really good and enough food for an army.  And yes...the biscuits were big...and good! Then we went back to Market as there were a few people that I needed to see again.  We had made plans to meet back up with Kim's hubby and hit a few antique shops.  I was really surprised at the number of quilts that we saw in those shops - I only took this one picture...
There were a lot of nice quilts, but I thought most of them were over-priced. So, none of them came home with me.  The only thing that did make it's way in the car with me was a small chalk board.  I use those in my booth and have "borrowed" several of them from my SIL.    Kim has a love for doll beds and found THREE of them that were really cute.  Since they fit in the car, they went home with her!

Next stop...feeding the elk!

I learned that once the big boy got part of the carrot in his will not win a tug of war!  You can see that they are shedding their winter fur and I really would have liked to give them a good brushing!  This little boy was so excited to see the elk close up - we gave him some of our carrots so he could feed them too.

As you can see, I had an awesome week!  Ron and Kim really are the best hosts, they took such good care of me.  It was amazing to see all of the new things at market and meet up with old and new friends.  Just a really great time!

Hope you all have a great day!!